Sanctuaire Saint Bonaventure, Lyon

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The Église Saint-Bonaventure is one of the churches of the quarter Presqu'île, located on the Place des Cordeliers, in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon. This is the only medieval building not demolished after the creation of the rue Impériale (now rue de la République), under the Second Empire by the prefect Claude-Marius Vaïsse.HistoryThe church's history, now known under the name of St. Bonaventure, is intimately related to the convent of the Cordeliers whose it was a part.To meet the needs of the community of Franciscan monks, named Cordeliers, installed at this place since the seneschal Grolée bequeathed them a space for the installation of their convent, the construction of a bigger church was decided by Jacques de Grolée, grand son of the seneschal, to overcome the narrowness of the first church convent, showed when the crowd was gathered at ceremonies for the Cardinal Bonaventure's death, on the night of 14 and 15 July 1274, at the age of 57.The new church was oriented towards the south, which is rare at the time.The church was built in just two years between 1325 and 1327. It housed the remains of Jacques de Grolée, died on 4 May 1327, which is under the high altar, before being moved somewhere near the epistle in 1599. The church was consecrated on 18 September 1328 by the archbishop of Lyon, Pierre IV of Savoy, under the name of St. Francis of Assisi.Unlike the Église Saint-Nizier (Lyon), the church of Cordeliers became the seat of the brotherhoods. The church was expanded from 1471 to 1484 and was then named Saint-Bonaventure.
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  • June 4, 2017
    Originally Saint-Bonaventure, built in 1325 – 1327, part of a Franciscan monastery. The Church was extended in the late 1400 's, where the side chapels were being built. Église Saint-Bonaventure is a not very high but wide and very beauty Gothic church and monastery church typically enough without something tall tower, just a bell tower that appears to be younger than the rest of the Church. Inside is the three-aisled Basilica with shaped like a nine chapels on each side of the Church. The Church is named after the monk Giovanni Fidanza (c. 1218 – 1274) who took his name to Bonaventura when he joined the Franciscan order, where he was at the same time as Thomas Aquinas. Bonaventura lived and died in this monastery in Lyon. From 1257, he was the last in the 17 years of his life, leader of the order. During the French revolution were monks and priests chased away; the monastery was demolished in 1790 and in some years the Church was used for grain storage. From 1806 the Church was, however, the Church again, and since then has been a parish church. The Church's organ stands on the floor behind the main altar. The instrument was drawn up in 1855 but has been rebuilt and restored many times. A former organ in 1693 was placed at the opposite end of the Church above the entrance portal. In the church you can see a number of paintings and there are many beautiful colored Church Windows. Église Saint-Bonaventure is located not far from the Église Saint-Nizier, as it is obvious to visit in connection with the visit of the Église Saint-Bonaventure.
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  • June 1, 2017
    This church is beautiful remarkable she is right in front of the tram of the Cordeliers can not miss her frankly see it and admire the stained glass windows are beautiful
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  • May 31, 2017
    We were not particularly excited by the Basilica, but from the other churches in Lyon and this is one of them. Not crowded, really have time just to look at everything, a very nice wonderful window - / centrally located Church - definitely worth a visit
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  • August 24, 2016
    There are beutiful chandeliers. And also many wonderful stained glasses. Recommend this place
  • November 30, 2016
    Beautiful spot
  • August 17, 2017
    Nice friendly Church in the heart of the city
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  • August 10, 2017
    Very beautiful and ancient Church!
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  • July 28, 2017
    Wonderful, a pleasure for the eyes.
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